Gun phrases.


Working Man
April 19, 2006, 08:18 AM
There is a lot of phrases out there that involve words related to guns and
shooting but where guns have nothing to do with the actual meaning of the

A person could get chewed out by their SO for something and say, she let
me have it with "both barrels".

I have heard civil disputes where the first side to get a lawyer is often
referred to as "bringing out the big guns".

What other such terms have you heard or even used that follows such

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April 19, 2006, 08:29 AM
"Half cocked" .. used when someone doesnt do something 100%

April 19, 2006, 08:36 AM
Lock, stock, and barrel

April 19, 2006, 08:40 AM
Lock stock and barrel.
Firing off a letter.
Hot as a $2 pistol.
Pistol packing mama.
Using a shotgun approach (as to cover all bases).
Pulling the trigger (as when actually making a deal).
Colt 45 (a bubbly drink!)
Bullet shaped (to indicate being streamlined).
Loaded (a full magazine OR too much bubbly!)
Shooting (as in a basketball)

April 19, 2006, 12:45 PM
Ramrod straight

Straight shooter (one who tells it like it is)

on target

April 19, 2006, 12:45 PM
going ballistic, ie going mad.

April 19, 2006, 12:48 PM
Shootin' from the hip.
Open sights as in "I can spot a drunk blonde at 100 yards over open sights".


Bwana John
April 19, 2006, 01:24 PM
"The Full Nine Yards"

In referance to the lenght of the belt for an M-2, aircraft mounted, .50 BMG during WW2.

"A Green Horn"

Someone who has not had enough time in the woods for his powder horn to cure.

Darth Ruger
April 19, 2006, 01:49 PM
"He's just a flash in the pan."
Said of someone who's all talk and no action, refers to a flintlock that misfires.

MS .45
April 19, 2006, 01:50 PM
Hotter than a two dollar pistol.

April 19, 2006, 03:08 PM
Bite the bullet
Jump the gun
Faster than a speeding bullet

RE: Whole 9 yards... I had heard that was in reference to the Scottish great kilt, which is basically a 9 yard long piece of fabric...

April 19, 2006, 03:35 PM
Keep your powder dry
point and shoot
son of a gun
gun moll
smoking gun
Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me. :evil:

April 19, 2006, 03:41 PM
How about gun shy?
Gunning the engine?
rifling through drawers (OK that's probably a corruption of "riffling" but hey)
shotgun house
shotgun wedding (probably because of that gun in the pocket Fran was mentioning :evil: )

Steve F
April 19, 2006, 03:42 PM
Shotgun Wedding:what:Opps,I see that was taken already,my bad:)

Bwana John
April 19, 2006, 03:50 PM
RE: Whole 9 yards... I had heard that was in reference to the Scottish great kilt, which is basically a 9 yard long piece of fabric...
I think you will find a winter weight scottish kilt has 12 or 14 yards of material.

April 19, 2006, 03:52 PM
Shooting blanks, as in after having a little operation to make sure you don't have to raise more kids, for example.

Caliber- has several meanings now.

Show of your 'guns' with a tight, sleeveless shirt and flexed arms.

April 19, 2006, 04:22 PM
Under the gun
In the crosshairs
Drop the hammer
The smoking gun

April 19, 2006, 04:30 PM
...Hoist on one's own Petard (I've always loved that expression, especially since I discovered it's origins).

April 19, 2006, 06:01 PM
I didn't know what a petard was, so I did a Wiki:

A petard was a medieval term for a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications.

Also: a petard was a 19th Century animal trap, consisting of a rope and a bent branch that caught the desired beast by one leg as it stepped into a loop in the rope and pulled it up into the air.

April 19, 2006, 06:25 PM
...And when the fuse would burn too fast, it was called hoisting, thus the petardier was 'hoist on his own petard' OUCH!... :eek:

April 19, 2006, 06:30 PM
Riding shotgun, of course, which I assume is from stagecoaches, when a second guy with a coach gun, not handling the horses' reins, sat up on the driver's seat?

And "A shot in the dark" for something attempted or thrown out or at random.

April 19, 2006, 06:37 PM

April 19, 2006, 10:15 PM
i shot my wad (spent all my money or threw all in).

April 19, 2006, 11:45 PM
Ive heard shot my wad, but in a different text than dragun, i wont ellaborate:D
on target.
shotgun a beer
lock and load.. (get ready)

Dave R
April 19, 2006, 11:49 PM
Keep your powder dry...

April 20, 2006, 10:27 AM
Bringing a knife to a gun fight.:what:
Being out gunned.:eek:

April 20, 2006, 10:43 AM
"Quick Shooter"... self explanatory

"High and Right".... getting mad

"Scoped"... as in let me scope out the situation

More uses for "shotgun"
1) shotgunning beer
2) shotgunning that...ummm..."happy herb"

April 20, 2006, 10:48 AM
I think "shotgun wedding" has more to do with what your soon-to-be father-inlaw is pointing at you for getting his daughter pregnant... :what:

Working Man
April 21, 2006, 08:58 PM
A lot of good ones, some I had not heard or did not know the gun relation.

Another I thought of "Loaded for Bear"
Def: ready and eager to deal with something that is going to be difficult

April 21, 2006, 09:43 PM
Describing someone you disagree with as a "loose cannon". This usually occurs in conversation after a business meeting.


April 21, 2006, 10:47 PM
I've heard the terms "ammunition," "out-gunned" and "taking shots" used by gun-hating liberals so much it's laughable.

April 22, 2006, 04:33 AM
he has him in his sights.....

April 22, 2006, 08:58 AM
"There's no silver bullet", meaning no easy cure-all.

"Shooting yourself in the foot" (usually used with the same meaning as "hoist by your own petard", i.e. inadvertently harming yourself or your cause, but apparently it originally refered to soldiers deliberately wounding themselves in order to avoid being sent into battle).

Btw, since no-ones mentioned it yet, "petard" itself comes from the French for "breaking wind" :)

"Ammunition", used to mean facts etc to be used in in an argument or dispute.

"Warning shot" and "A shot across the bows"

"Shot down", or "Shot down in flames", in reference to an opinion or argument.

April 22, 2006, 10:39 AM
take a shot

April 22, 2006, 10:47 AM
take a shot

April 22, 2006, 08:43 PM
i heard someone once say the length of the 50 cal. ammo belts in a b-17 was nine yards . hence ,"he gave him the whole nine yards"
the bentwrench

April 22, 2006, 08:51 PM
Now h'yars damp powder and no way to dry it!!

Mountain man lingo for being up the well know tributary with no form of propulsion ;)

April 22, 2006, 08:58 PM
Shoot, Shovel & Shut-Up:what:

April 22, 2006, 10:04 PM
Some best-layed plans and brilliant programs turn out to be "duds."

April 23, 2006, 01:18 AM
Shotgun start (of golf tournament)

April 23, 2006, 01:31 AM
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition

April 23, 2006, 09:35 AM
She's packn' 44's... And I'm not talkn' revolvers folks!!

April 23, 2006, 10:05 AM
Pump someone for information

Son of a Gun

Dressed up to the nines Meaning Dressed flamboyantly. Many theories as to the origin of this phrase. One has it that tailors used nine yards of material to make a suit (or according to some authors a shirt). The more material you had the more status. Nine yards seems generous even for a fop. Nine has been used as a superlative in other contexts.

April 23, 2006, 09:42 PM
"Short round" - artillery speak for a round with inadequate propellant that falls short

"Tune your iron to rock n'roll" - Viet Nam era slang for switch your M-16 to full auto

'Gun decking" for fudging a solution or an inelegant quick fix. In the old days, midshipmen in training worked out thier navigation problems on teh gun deck, sometimes 'collaboratively' or 'creatively'

"Son of a Gun" - alsoan old navy term from the times when the ships carried hookers stowed away for the crew's 'entertainment'. As one sould expect, some became pregnant and often gave bitth on the gun deck. Since paternity was unknown, the kid became a 'son of a gun'

April 29, 2006, 09:34 AM
I've remembered a few more:

"A scattergun approach"
"Flak", meaning criticism
"Sniping at", meaning criticising in a malicious, underhanded manner.

April 29, 2006, 09:55 AM
Flash in the pan

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